Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors
Sexual minority community -- United States, COVID-19 Pandemic (2020- ), Sexual minorities -- Mental health, Resilience (Personality trait), Belonging (Social psychology)
The purpose of this thesis was to investigate LGBTQ communities’ responses to the global and national crises that took place in 2020. To accomplish this, the thesis ties together and summarizes relevant multidisciplinary constructs, and highlights specific examples of the actions taken by LGBTQ communities in 2020. The secondary goal was to tell an anecdote providing ecological validity for relevant empirical data. The thesis is informed by LGBTQ psychology, medical sociology, LGBTQ history, modern events, neuroendocrinology, and neuroscience. The paper concludes that LGBTQ communities used activism, internet, and music to embody resilience and solidarity during 2020. The paper aims to provide a foundation for future research avenues, especially concerning the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and LGBTQ communities. Implications and limitations for both the thesis and existing research will be discussed.
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Leister-Gray, Daniel, "Fostering Connectedness Amidst Crisis: LGBTQ Communities in 2020" (2021). University Honors Theses. Paper 1057.